Copyright: moves to make licensing of copyrighted content easier

09-Jul-2013 @ 15:0

Sajjad Karim Sajjad Karim

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Members of the European Parliament Legal Affairs committee adopted unanimously today their position on the proposal for a directive on the collective management of copyright.

The objectives of the Legal Affairs committee were twofold: First, improving the governance and transparency of the collecting societies through new rules on reporting obligations and rightholders’ control over their activities.Secondly, making easier for online service providers, such as iTunes and Spotify, to license music and offer their services throughout Europe.

Sajjad Karim, Conservative negotiator on the report, said: "This vote demonstrates our real progress towards what will be a key building block in the digital single market. I believe our progress here shows that in these changing times, where Europe must innovate and adapt, the digital single market as a whole can be a reality and can work for the benefit of consumers, producers and merchants alike, at the same time as providing a huge boost to growth and prosperity”.
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